We spent a couple of nights at The Forge while were down for a walking holiday on The Barrow Way. It is located on a small quiet road between the villages of Graiguenamanagh and Borris on the border of counties Carlow and Kilkenny.
On arrival we were warmly greeted by owners Elaine and David who had a nice cup of tea and home made cakes ready for us by the time we got our stuff in from the car. We were shown to our room which had great views out towards the Blackstairs mountains from the balcony. There are two sitting rooms guests can use so we were able to relax after our journey and watch a bit of tv with a couple of glasses of wine (bring your own) before heading off to bed. My wife and I both slept well in the large comfy bed. The room was well furnished with more than adequate wardrobe and drawer space, and an ensuite bathroom. There is also a tea/coffee tray in case you get thirsty in the middle of the night. Breakfast next morning was excellent. A basket of home made wheaten scones is waiting for you when you come down, just to start you off while you read the menu. There is a selection of fresh fruit and yoghurt dishes or cereal next, followed by a choice of cooked breakfasts ranging from light choices like poached eggs on toast, right up to the Full Irish. You can also have as much tea or coffee and toast as you have room for. It is a substantial breakfast that really sets you up for the day, especially if you have a long walk ahead of you. You can also have evening dinner at The Forge by pre-arrangement - you select your choices in the morning at breakfast and the meal will be ready on your return, again it's bring your own wine. Both breakfast and dinner can be arranged at a time to suit guests. Our food was excellent throughout our stay, equal to, if not better than a hotel.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay at The Forge, prices are very reasonable, great value for money, and Elaine and David are super hosts. We can't wait till our next visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- the forge is on a quiet country road near river and mountains yet near to Borris Carlow and Graiguemanagh Kilkenny 3 miles from each we welcome wedding guests who have their venue in Borris offering a lift up to the venue and late breakfast or a cheaper rate for room only if require open from 12th February until 17th December ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Forge Borris, County Carlow, Ireland